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East Lake team wins first men's Interclub crown

By DAVE THEALL

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 21, 2000


While Tiger Woods was winning his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the 10-man East Lake Woodlands team was winning its first Pinellas Men's Interclub Golf Association title at the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club.

Granted, there wasn't as much fanfare associated with East Lake's first title in the 23-year history of the group, but listening to association president George Proctor, a member of the winning team, it was sweet and a long time coming.

"The win means a lot, not just to the players, but the entire 800 members of the club," Proctor said. "Our winning trophy is displayed in the most prominent place in the pro shop, not off in a remote trophy case."

Proctor played a prominent role in the win, teaming with John Nelson for the club's best two-man better-ball score of 9-under-par 61. Proctor, who turns 70 this week, plays to a 10 handicap and Nelson to a 9. They played from the blue tees measuring 5,928 yards.

Seminole Lake finished second for the championship.

Wentworth won the 10th and final match of the 1999-2000 season at the Vinoy and also the Bud Donahue Trophy for the most points in the series. It totaled 67, followed by East Lake with 65.5 and Dunedin with 65.

Wentworth was paced by the two-man teams of Rob Bhond and Warren Stevens, and Monty Kosloski and Rick Palumbo, both of whom shot 59.

The best individual round of the day was posted by Countryside assistant pro Mike Schneider. With two bogeys, two birdies amd 14 pars, he won the pro division with a par 70, three strokes up on Jim Slattery of Belleair and Bob Copabianco of Lansbrook. They played from the back tees measuring 6,284.

The distance wasn't the challenge, however. The premium was on accuracy off the tee, and secondly, coping with impending darkness and lightning. The last hole was played in rain for most foursomes as they hurried to get off the course.

That contributed to Schneider's bogey on his last hole, the 12th, where he hit his approach shot over the green. But overall, with a 30-foot putt for one birdie and another birdie after an approach to a foot, it was a satisfying round for the 1995 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.

"I'm surprised I played so well," Schneider said at the post-tournanment banquet hosted by the Vinoy. "It's only the second round I've played in the last three weeks, having undergone chest surgery for the removal of some cancerous cysts. That bothered me a little today."

INTERCLUB NOTES: Proctor was named president of the association two months ago, replacing Dick Foltz of Seminole Lake, who had a heart attack and decided to step down.

Bob Detlor of Seminole Lake is the new secretary-treasurer, replacing Roger Taylor of Cove Cay, who moved to Oregon.

For information about the association, call Detlor at 343-0578.

U.S. OPEN QUALIFYING: Amateur Rick Kerper of Countryside shot rounds of 79-79 in the sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Maryland, missing the cut to the top 35 finishers, who moved on to Pebble Beach. Wentworth pro Paul Coe shot an opening round 83 at Bear Lakes in West Palm Beach and withdrew.

Dan Stone, former standout at St. Petersburg High and at the University of Florida, shot par 72 in the local qualifier at Boynton Beach and lost in a five-way playoff for two spots in a sectional.

Former Crescent Oaks pro Rick Witt was the second alternate in a Cincinnati local after shooting 1-under 71.

FUTURES TOUR: Former Pinellas Park High and UF standout Michele Vinieratos finished strong (74-75-71-220) in a mini-tour event at Sussex, Wis., to tie for 15th.

Trish Ziegel of Indian Rocks Beach, a teaching pro at the All-In-One Practice Center in Largo, finished with a 230.

APPOINTMENT: Nick Klassen of Dunedin, the top winner on the Moonlight Tour this year, has been appointed golf instructor at the All-In-One Center. Klassen, who played collegiately at Houston, has won two North Florida PGA events this year. He was the Utah PGA assistant player of the year in 1998 and 1999 and finished second in the national assistants event at Port St. Lucie last year.

MORE PROS: Jim Slattery of Belleair won the West Central PGA Chapter Pro-Am at the Dunes at Seville Golf Club in Brooksville with a 5-under 67. Jim Smith of Missing Links Range in Largo finished a stroke back.

MORE AMATEURS: Mike Hudson, vice president of sales for B-Hive Awards Center in Clearwater, won the Arm Division of the U.S. Amputee Players Championship at Fairdale, Ky. He finished fourth overall among 84 players representing 24 states and Canada.

WOMEN: Kathy Speight of Feather Sound, the 2000 West Coast Women's Golf Association champion, tied with Sharon Gonsalves of Palma Ceia with 76s in a WCWGA match at East Lake Woodslands on June 15.

Fay Edmondson of Innisbrook won the B Flight with an 85.

JUNIORS: Mike Barbosa of St. Petersburg teamed with Chan Wongluekiet of Bradenton to win the AJGA Justin Leonard Team Championship in Dallas last week. They shot plus-17 in a Modified Stableford Scoring System.

Kyle McCarthy of South Pasadena shot 74-73-147 to win the North Florida PGA Junior Championship for boys 16-17 at Scotland Yards in Dade City.

Palm Harbor's Jason Overton finished with a 154 to tie with Robby Walters of Dunedin.

In the boys 14-15 division, Patrick Scranton of Dunedin tied for third with 73-80-153, one stroke up on Winston Ball of St. Pete Beach.

Ryan Shears of Palm Harbor shot 38 in a rain-shortened round and then a 77 for 115 at a Florida Junior Golf Association tournament at Port St. Lucie to tie for third in the boys 15-18 division.

Clifton Williams of Seminole shot 42-76-118 for fifth in the boys 12-14 division.

FLORIDA STATE AMATEUR: McCarthy (71) and St. Petersburg's Kevin Dyer and Clearwater's Brendan Takacs (both 72) qualified at Sarasota for the state championship. It will be held at Boynton Beach Thursday through Sunday.

TAP-INS: Danny Allen of Palm Harbor, a senior-to-be at Tarpon High, was the overall winner of the Seminole Memorial Tournament at Tallahassee June 3 and 4. He shot 3-under 141 with rounds of 70-71. Kris Hannah, FSU'S No. 1 golfer last season, finished second at 143.

Amanda Dick, a 2000 Countryside High graduate who will play for the Gators next fall, is entered in the AJGA's Shell World Golf Village Junior Championship, set for St. Augustine July 3-6. Kyle Christman of Seminole, the Times 1999 Pinellas player of the year, also is in the field.

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